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and I don't fault them if they want them---but I don't see the practical use in having one, for myself. I know there's something about "carats" and the bigger the better, but I'm just not real impressed. No one has ever convinced me that I must have one.
Now, on the other hand, I also believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He is real. I believe that He is beautiful. I believe that He is valuable---in fact, priceless. I believe that He can cut through the hardest of hearts (which, by the way, can be harder than steel). I believe that He truly is the best friend that anyone could ever have. I believe that He is forever.
But for me, the difference between diamonds and Jesus is---I don't just believe factual things about Him, I actually have Him---because I know I need Him. There are a lot of people in this world that know some good things about Jesus, but they don't really have Him. However, it's not about "professing Him" --- it's about "possessing Him"...Do you have Him? "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
~ Pastor Matt Furse, Mountain View Baptist Church, Custer, SD - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: John 6:28-29
Read: I John 1:3-4, John 15:15
that day. Yet notice what Jesus told them "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." Sometimes this is the hardest work we can do.
How simple to just believe on Jesus Christ for all of your needs; salvation from your sins and eternal security for your soul. Every blessing from God is brought about through our faith in Christ. Often it is easier to do some handiwork than to rest our faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God knew that we could never accomplish enough to pay for our sins. Therefore, He placed our sins upon Jesus Christ at the cross and Jesus did all the work necessary to save your soul and deliver you to Heaven. Nothing else needs to be done. It all comes by faith. Our work is to get to know Jesus better every day. Ask God to increase our faith and we will have a better relationship with God.
God makes our burden easy. Stop trying to make it hard.
~ Pastor Gene Davis, Retired, Central Baptist Church, Salina, KS - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Jesus is speaking to people who are asking Him to tell them what the work of God is. They were ready to tackle anything He told them, great or small. They would give up anything to be in compliance. How like these people we are today. We feel we must do something to gain favor with God. We know that we have sinned and feel that we must pay something to settle our account with God. I have this question asked of me very often. We are no different than the crowd that Jesus spoke to
A relationship with the Lord is the most important one in life. Other relationships will not do well if this one is not right. Lines of communication to our Lord are prayer and Scripture. Spending more time in both can enhance an intimate, personal, gratifying relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, I need that.
The Apostle John, the beloved disciple, had it, and said, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full" (I John 1:3-4). Jesus had told John, "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you" (John 15:15).
The fellowship that can make your joy full is friendship with God. That is a relationship worth pursuing. Prayer, talking with your friend, and Scripture, hearing from your friend, are more important than anything else. All of our relationships could be improved, this one first and foremost. When this one is right, all the others fall into proper place. Read your Bible, Genesis to Revelation of Jesus Christ over the next year. It will improve your life more than the greatest diet known to man.
~ Pastor Ed Rice, Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden, NY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
The very best relationship cannot continue when the lines of communication are cut off. It is headed for trouble when those lines are strained or broken. Any married couple knows the importance of keeping communications in good working order, and have, at one time, tasted the joy of having a right relationship.
I believe diamonds are real. I believe diamonds are valuable. I believe diamonds are beautiful. I believe diamonds can cut through steel. I believe that a diamond is the hardest, most durable mineral on planet Earth. They say diamonds are forever, and some even say that diamonds are a girl's best friend (not sure I believe that one). However, I do BELIEVE in diamonds. And, yet, I don't own one... None. Zilch. Nada. Why?
Well, I guess I've never been convinced that I needed a diamond. Oh, sure, I understand why others own diamonds,